|Pilot F/O George Hockings, 405250 (KIA) Chelmer, QLD
Observer Major William Francis O'Hara. NX100719 (KIA) Enfield, NSW
Crashed December 22, 1942
Built by Commonwealth Aircraft
Corporation (CAC). Constructor Number 160.
On November 12, 1940 delivered to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) as CA-7 Wirraway serial number A20-A20-160. Received by 1 AD on November 12, 1940. Assigned to 3 SFTS on December 9, 1940. Assigned to 2 STS on April 7, 1941, but never taken up.
On April 17, 1941 took off piloted by V. A. Collyer, 402935 on a mission and suffered an oil pressure loss and force landed at Coolangatta Airfield. The pilot survived unhurt. Afterwards, assigned to 7 SFTS but never taken up.
On May 31, 1941 assigned to 4 Squadron. On March 23, 1942 this Wirraway was heavily damaged and unable to be repaired in situ. Afterwards, repaired by April 6, 1942 and returned to service.
On April 13, 1942 took off piloted P/O J. R. Mowbray suffered an engine failure and made a wheels up landing near Melbourne.
On December 22, 1942 took off from Berry Drome (12 Mile) near Port Moresby on a tactical reconnaissance mission over Buna. Over the target, shot down by anti-aircraft fire over Buna. Both of the crew were killed in the crash. This Wirraway was officially written off on December 23, 1942.
Both crew members were officially declared dead the day of the mission. After the recovery of remains, both crew were permanently buried at Bomana War Cemetery (Port Moresby War Cemetery). Hockings at B8. C. 22. O'Hara at B8. C. 25.
No. 4 Squadron Operations Record Book (ORB) - December 18, 1943
"22/12/42 – Land/recce. Arty/Obs. and Gun/spotting by six (6) aircraft in BUNA, SENINA CREEK, GIROPA POINT areas. A20-160 Flying Officer G. HOCKINGS and Major W. F. O.'HARA (Passenger) 2 Aust.Air Liaison Section. Whilst carrying out tactical reconnaissance in BUNA area, aircraft was shot down by enemy anti-aircraft fire and crashed in flames. Both occupants killed. Aircraft completely destroyed."
ADF Serials - Wirraway A20-160
William Francis O'Hara
RAAFDB - Wirraway A20-160
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February 4, 2018